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K-16 Educational Programs - Library Educational Programs

On this page:   Show and Tell  | Class/Group Research Session  | Individual Student/Small Groups Research Session  | Suggested Topics for Library Programs  | Library Use Policies

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How to properly conduct research and use primary sources are vital skills, and for students in Maine, the Brown Research Library at Maine Historical Society is perfect place to develop and practice those skills. MHS offers a variety of programming based at our research library that provide students with hands-on experience in the study and analysis of artifacts, conducting original research, and interpreting primary sources.

Show and Tell

Primary sources can help make history more tangible for students and a Show and Tell library program is the perfect way to give students a tangible glimpse into the past. Show and Tell programs offer a chance to see up close a sampling of primary sources on a specific topic (event, time period, historical figure, etc.) from Maine Historical Society's collection, and also provide students with an introductory visit to the MHS research library. Requested materials will be waiting for students when they arrive for their visit and library and museum staff will be on hand to help students approach and examine the materials. Interested teachers should contact MHS' Manager of Education prior to scheduling this program to ensure that materials on desired topic are available and that library staff can pull materials from the collection that are relevant and appropriate for the visit. See below for a list of suggested topics. Already visiting MHS for a separate educational program? You can add a Show and Tell to your visit for no extra charge!

Suggested Program Time: 15-30 minutes (length of visit may vary depending on group size and the types of materials requested)

Cost: $3/student

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Class/Group Research Session

Maine Historical Society can help provide students with hands-on access to valuable historical resources. A Class/Group Research Session is designed to help larger groups of students studying a specific topic to access and use historic materials from MHS's collection as part of their learning experience. Materials on the topic requested will be waiting for students when they arrive for their visit and library and museum staff will be on hand to help students explore and study the materials as needed. For example, for a Social Studies class learning about abolition in Maine, library staff might display abolitionist or Civil War era newspapers, manuscript materials that discuss the topic, even relevant illustrations and photographs. Students would be invited to examine and study these resources as historical researchers. This program provides an excellent way for students to gain experience with extracting and interpreting information from primary sources. Interested teachers should contact MHS' Manager of Education prior to scheduling this program to ensure that materials on a desired topic are available and that library staff can pull materials from the collection that are relevant and appropriate for the visit. While it might be possible to pull additional materials for individual students or groups during the program, this program is primarily designed to accommodate pre-arranged topics for quick, easy access.

Suggested Time: 30-60 minutes (length of visit may vary depending on group size, the types of materials requested, and the nature of the topic(s) being studied)

Cost: $4/student/p>

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Individual Student/Small Groups Research Session

Maine Historical Society can help students conducting historical research access a variety of primary sources and research tools, as can provide valuable, professional guidance on how to navigate the world of historical research. Induvial Student/Small Groups Research Sessions are designed to aid classes with assigned individual or small team research projects on a variety of topics. For these specialized visits, the MHS library can accommodate individual students or 2-4 person small teams who might all be researching different topics at the same time. While library staff will need to know topics in advance and can have some materials pre-selected for students upon arrival, this program is also designed to provide more individual guidance for participating students, as well as allowing library staff to retrieve additional materials at the request of the students during their visit. Participating teachers and students are also encouraged search the MHS library catalog and provide a request list of possible materials prior to their visit. Interested teachers should contact MHS' Manager of Education prior to scheduling this program to ensure that materials on desired topics are available.

Suggested Time: 30-60 minutes (length of visit may vary depending on the nature of the topics/assignment)

Cost: $5/student

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Suggested Topics for Library Programs

NOTE: MHS specializes in Colonial history through World War I. While our holdings extend to the present day, topics dating after 1920 can be difficult to facilitate, especially newspaper and primary sources.

These are suggested topics based on the strengths of MHS' collection, but library programs are not limited to these topics only; contact MHS' Manager of Education prior to scheduling a library program with questions regarding the availability of resources on a particular topic and to ensure that materials on a desired topic are available.

Library Use Policies

Thank you for your cooperation with these collections-use guidelines. They are designed to provide a workable compromise between preservation and use, in accordance with current professional library and archival standards.

Don't see what you're looking for? Do you have an idea or special request for a program? Contact the Manager of School and Interpretive Programs with your questions and inquiries at 207-774-1822 ext. 214, email kneumann@mainehistory.org.